Keith Dalgleish has reached the highest tally by a Scottish Flat trainer for 55 years after recording a 33/1 treble at Wolverhampton.
Chookie Hamilton, Lucy Bee and Corton Lad saw his total for 2012 soar to 51 – two more than Ian Semple’s 2006 score but eight shy of the tartan record set by Dunbar’s George Boyd in 1957 when there was no all-weather racing and a less congested fixture list.
The former jockey, currently on a family holiday on the Isle Of Sky, only started training from his Carluke base last year when he saddled a very respectable 39 winners.
Dalgleish said: “It’s great news but I’m not one for setting targets – I would have settled for ten winners in my first year and this time I’d have been happy with what we had last season!
“I didn’t think we would have had as many this year as we started off with the same horses as last season but we stepped up the pace when new ones arrived. I thought 50 was possible when we had a treble a few weeks ago but I’ll probably take the foot off the gas a little now and just run what needs to be run rather than keep going flat out.
“That total of George Boyd’s is unbelievable considering there were no motorways or all-weather and a lot less racing in general. It will take some beating but you never know.”